What is Creativity?

Creativity is the use of imagination or original ideas to create something, normally associated with a production of art. Or at least that is what the Google definition of creativity is. But it can be so much more then that!

Creativity doesn’t just sit there, awaiting for us to awaken it’s use and put it work for us. Creativity has to be made, folded, worked with and pushed to get it out on the page. Creativity is doing something for the sake of being different.

But what exactly does this mean? There is so much information out in the world these days, can your ideas be different than someone else’s, especially when writing a story? One thing I’ve learned in writing is that someone else has probably already had your plot idea. They may have even hashed it out and sold the book to a publisher. But should that stop you from creating the work that you want to bring to the world?

The answer is no. The path is what makes it different. Spy stories have followed a similar path and story for years, but does that stop a new one from being a creative work? No it doesn’t because the characters are not the same. The path to the resolution is not the same. Everything you create for your specific story is different and that makes it creative.

The process for creating a story is a tried and true method. We all strive to follow it, for the most part. Readers expect it. But that method can create thousands of different ideas to enlighten our readers.

So what exactly is creativity? I believe that creativity is using your imagination to create something of your own. In writing we have to use our imagination all the time, from creating the worlds that our characters live in to the interactions they have between characters. We all have the ability to be creative.

What do you believe that creativity is?